BBQ Buying Guide
Outdoor cooking is no longer a seasonal sport with the right BBQ equipment and accessories. Do you need a gas barbecue like a Weber grill, or are you cooking “low and slow” with a Traeger smoker? This BBQ Buying Guide will help you decide what is the best BBQ for your outdoor kitchen.
BBQs & Grills
Grill Rocks & Stones
Grill rocks absorb, hold, and reflect heat, which means they do a much better job of keeping your grill hot throughout the cook. They absorb the drips from your food as it cooks which can help avoid flare-ups and adds to the overall flavour.
FAQs & Tips to Choose Your Grill
Your cooking preferences and the frequency of use should be the main deciding factors when selecting a model and size of BBQ. Gas BBQs are the most used, as they produce more heat than charcoal and can cook food faster.
However, charcoal grilling is thought to be superior in the flavour it creates. When smoking, food isn't cooked by direct heat created by a flame, but rather by the smoke produced. All methods of cooking produce a different result.
The level of heat generated by a BBQ is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). Generally, it's best to look for a BBQ with a rating of 80 to 100 BTUs per square inch to ensure enough heat is generated for the size of your grill.
Before using BTUs as your sole deciding factor, remember that BTUs are a measure of heat produced by the burners over the course of an hour and not a measure of the temperature a BBQ can reach. The ability of a BBQ to reach and maintain various cooking temperatures is more important than how much heat it can produce. Check out your BBQ’s top temperature in the product description if, for example, a good sear is important to you.
When deciding which BBQ to buy, consider the size of the meals you'll be preparing and the number of people you'll be feeding. For example, the average eight-ounce steak is roughly 5 by 3.5 in. (13 by 9 cm) depending on its thickness, resulting in a 17.5 sq. in. (113 sq cm) surface.
If a grill has 555 square inches of grilling space, you could probably grill almost 30 of these steaks at a time on it! Often, BBQs come with heating shelves, side burners, and rotisserie heaters to provide added heating and cooking space. Look for these features if you'll be grilling a lot.
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